M&A network is now one of the world’s top 8

M&A network is now one of the world’s top 8 Pandea Global M&A has become one of the top eight of its type in the world after attracting a host of new members. Founded by Dow Schofield Watts, the international corporate finance advisor network has welcomed 10 new advisory firms in the past 12 months, … Continued

DSW leaps to 6th in UK corporate finance rankings and 9th in Scotland

DSW leaps to 6th in UK corporate finance rankings and 9th in Scotland Dow Schofield Watts was the UK’s sixth most active corporate finance advisor in the first nine months of the year – up from 13th position last year, according to the latest Experian Market IQ report. The report also shows the firm leapt … Continued

Land of opportunity? 4 key trends in the Scottish deals market

Land of opportunity? 4 key trends in the Scottish deals market Tom Faichnie of Dow Schofield Watts Scotland highlights some current developments and discusses the future prospects for M&A 1. SMEs need to find ways to boost their value SMEs are the bedrock of the Scottish economy and we have lots of very successful small … Continued

Insider name MAPD Group’s acquisition of Bermans as Deal of the Month

Insider name MAPD Group’s acquisition of Bermans as Deal of the Month Insider has named The MAPD Group‘s acquisition of Bermans (a Liverpool and Manchester-based firm specialising in commercial law) as the Deal of the Month. MAPD now has a 75 per cent stake in Bermans with 25 per cent retained by Bermans’ partners to … Continued

What is a career in professional services like?

What is a career in professional services like? A Q&A with DSW’s Young Professionals  A few weeks ago, in a canal-side bar in Deansgate, we gathered our new starters and a group of Northwest young professionals for a relaxed networking session over after-work drinks.   Not only was it an excellent opportunity to introduce our employees … Continued

£2m grant fund aims to attract professional services teams

£2m grant fund aims to attract professional services teams Dow Schofield Watts has earmarked £2m in grant funding to attract professional services teams as it seeks to expand its UK footprint. The Dow Schofield Watts Entrepreneurship Grant scheme will be open to ‘break-out teams’ from top-tier firms who want to set up their own business … Continued

The post-Covid dilemma for professionals

The post-Covid dilemma for professionals – and why it’s time for change in the accountancy sector Pandemics and other periods of global turmoil often create lasting shifts in society and Covid is no different. The events of the past 18 months have accelerated the uptake of technology, changed the way we live and work and … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts win Niche Firm of the Year

Dow Schofield Watts win Niche Firm of the Year Congratulations to our Yorkshire & North East team, who have won Niche Firm of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards! It is the second time running they have won this award, and this year they were also runner up for the Corporate Finance Services award. … Continued

Collabco sale creates new global force in education software market

Collabco sale creates new global force in education software market Collabco – the UK company behind the student engagement platform myday – has been acquired by US-based Ready Education in a deal that brings together three market leaders across Europe and North America, with Netherlands-based StuComm also being acquired. Collabco, a software development specialist based … Continued

Hospitality leaders urge Chancellor to use tax relief to ‘save the industry’

Hospitality leaders urge Chancellor to use tax relief to ‘save the industry’ A Dow Schofield Watts advisor is helping to lead a campaign calling on the Chancellor to use tax relief to encourage investors to support the hospitality industry through the pandemic and beyond. Payam Keyghobadi has joined forces with Alan Lorrimer, founder of London’s … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards Dow Schofield Watts has once again received multiple nominations in the annual Insider North West Dealmakers Awards. The firm is in the running for the Mid-Market Corporate Finance Team of the Year, an accolade it has won no fewer than three times in recent years. … Continued

Pandea Global M&A holds fifth international conference in Atlanta

Pandea Global M&A (“Pandea”) held its fifth international M&A conference on 21st and 22nd of November in Atlanta, hosted by the US member firm, Mazzone & Associates. 25 corporate finance professionals representing member firms from around the world exchanged views on cross-border M&A opportunities and global market trends. Pandea is a global network of selected … Continued

Conquering M&A – Earn-outs

Earn-outs An earn-out is deferred consideration dependent upon the future performance of the business being acquired. The principal purpose is to bridge the price expectation gap between the buyer who will pay a price on past profits and the seller who expects a price based on the future potential of the business. The difficulty for … Continued

Conquering M&A – Competition – UK Legislation

Competition – UK Legislation The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) may initiate an investigation of a takeover if there is a merger situation qualifying for investigation (other than if covered by the European Commission). The CMA must initiate if it believes a relevant merger has been created which might be expected to result in a … Continued